Days of Grace May 2019


May 2019


The Days of Grace


Grace United Church of Christ





Web site:


Church Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday / 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM


Modern Service 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Church School 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Traditional Worship Service – 10:45 AM

Pastor:  Rev. Bonnie J. Whittier

Cell phone:  717-324-6639

E-mail address:


Pastor Bonnie really appreciates communication and her office door is open to stop in anytime.


Visitation Leader:  Patricia A. Miller

Cell Phone:  717-451-1913



  • Organist/Choir Director:   Harold E. Heller

  • Modern Service Worship Director:   Amy Fawks

  • Modern Service Music Coordinator:   Kathy Trimmer


Secretary:   J Elaine Conley

Sextons:    Sandy Puterbaugh & Faye Myers



Info/Prayer/Bible Study Line

Daily Updates 717-632-1819, access 86212#


Grace Church Office e-mail address:


Newsletter e-mail:

(The 15th of the month is the deadline for submitting articles to the newsletter.)


Everyone Is Welcome to Serve!!

If you are interested in serving here with other members of your “Grace” family as greeter, usher, acolyte, reading scripture etc., please write your name and phone number on a piece of paper along with your choice of service and place in the offering plate as it passes by.  Someone will contact you to discuss your idea(s).


 A Word from Pastor Bonnie…

Hi there,

I am in the office trying to finish a few things before the week gets completely away from me!  This is a busy place today. People have been bringing desserts in for the tea. Lots of happiness floating around.

I am ready for Palm Sunday and the big celebration.  I am so excited! The children and youth will be playing a huge role in the service. I love having the children engaged in the life of the church.

Jesus often reached out to the children.  He wanted people to know how important children are in the life of the world.  We need innocence like a child, imagination of a child and to be able to forgive like a child forgives.  Children can teach us so very much.

Are you listening to the child or children in your life?


Pastor Bonnie


Thank you to everyone who participated in the prayer vigil on Good Friday and the trial of “the people -vs- the crucifixion.”


On Sunday April 7th, 7 members of the church became certified in first aid, CPR, and use of the AED. Mike Mummert, Robbie Moul, Pam Kreitz, Becky Boyer, Rick Boyer, Joann Sites, & Charles Sites. These members added to our 15 members who completed training in November, along with our many members who have training through their place of employment, certainly make Grace Church a much safer place. Thank you again to the Consistory as well as the congregation for approving this expenditure.


Gary Rickrode

Grace Security Team



April 2019 Consistory Digest

There were 16 members present including Pastor Whittier, Patti Miller, and Greg Sindlinger.

Treasurer’s Report:

General pledge for March 2019:  $13,521.00 (5 Sundays)

General pledge for March 2018:  $11,784.75 (4 Sundays)


YTD 2019 income:  $47,364.88

YTD 2019 expenses:  $63,635.18

YTD shortage:  $16,270.30

Checking account balances


Deacon:  $20,321.64

Education:  $12,609.82

Memorial:  $34,712.30

Resource:  $5,281.68

Operating:  $11,045.42


Carroll Miller reported during March, a five Sunday month, we continued to average $2,713 per week in collections. Expenses were higher than average because we had three payroll Fridays instead of the normal two.  

Patti Miller reported during March she made 22 visits, including nursing homes, rehab, and private residences.  Some members received more frequent or repeat visits based on individual circumstances such as declining health or prolonged rehabilitation.

The Trustees reported Shepherd Aluminum installed the louvers in the spires above the front entrance to Grace.  Shepherd will be removing some louvers to inspect the interior of the spires to determine if the spires may be the source of water leaks in the ceiling above the balcony.

Pastor Bonnie reported she is currently serving as the secretary for the Gettysburg Association. Pastor Bonnie will be scheduling a meeting after Easter for the By-Laws Committee to begin looking at the By-Laws for revision.  She also reported many people are looking, discussing, and implementing ways to do outreach. Twenty homebound Grace Members are receiving letters, Hometouch, Sunday bulletins, and announcements, at the cost of $10.00 per week.

Approval was given to have Carrie Hoff make a presentation to the Tuesday evening Fitness Fun group regarding having Yoga Faith at Grace.

Approval was given to have a community garden on church property. It will be located on a small plot behind the parsonage, southwest corner between the garage and fence. This area had been used by the Bouchard’s as a garden.  

Dave Fawks reported a power point presentation for technology training at Grace has been prepared.  It explains in a very basic way what the Consistory may want to do to improve technology at Grace.

A $1300 one-time gift was approved for Sara Shank.

Four hundred dollars was approved to help Robbie Moul pay for expenses to a summer work camp in Uniontown, PA this summer. He will work to help repair a home for someone who cannot afford it.

The Consistory approved spending up to $2999.00 to have Wi-Fi coverage installed throughout Grace.


Prepared by Craig Bixler 4-10-19



Looking Ahead


Thursday Evening Book Group has begun discussing “Love Does” by Bob Goff.  The group meets at 6:30pm.  Contact Craig Bixler for more details.



May 4th:  YARD SALE!

Volunteers needed for set up and tear down. Sign up on the bulletin board or call the office and speak to Elaine.


May 17th:  Movie Night begins at 6:30pm


May 18th:  PAL Lunch – If you have not yet volunteered to help with this luncheon and would like to help please contact Craig Bixler.


Sunday, May 19th:  Special Presentation by Donna Lentz; Area Volunteer for Southeast PA / Heifer International.


Penn Central Conference:   June 7th and 8th




Simply Spiritual Book ClubBooks


The Simply Spiritual book club will meet every Monday at 10:00 AM.  


Flower Sponsors

To sponsor flowers for worship services, please contact Elaine at the church office (717) 632-1146 or use the sign-up poster on the bulletin board in the transept.


Community Aid

 Please remember to donate gently used and in good condition clothing to this great effort.  The bin is located at the end of our parking lot.  For more information, please contact the Church Office.  Thank you!






Can you offer a few hours to help clean and organize the church?

There are several areas where help is needed to sort through and organize materials.  If you have time during the day or evening to help, you will be helping create a welcoming, orderly environment at church. Also, what a great opportunity to work together with others!  If interested, please contact Elaine in the church office.


Aaron Welper is looking for volunteers to offer services to seniors.  If you have been thinking about helping others and are interested in donating your time and talent by way of doing yard work or washing windows etc., please contact Aaron @ (717) 752-5552.



Children and Youth Volunteers

Is Your Volunteer Clearance Out of Date?

 Clearances for children and youth volunteers will soon expire for those people who had clearances done in 2014.  PA state law requires all clearances be done every 60 months. The bulletin board outside the nursery has a list of Grace Volunteers showing past clearance dates.  There is also information on the board showing how to renew clearances. A bulletin board in Fellowship Hall and on the top floor of the education wing contains the information as well.  Please contact Craig Bixler for more information.


What is “Sharing God’s Grace”

by M.J.Fuhrman

The Story:

Most stories start with “once upon a time” – this one is no different.

Once upon a time, 4 ladies – Donna Bankert, Linda Bixler, Mary Jane Fuhrman and Linda Smith were meeting in the church parlor.  They were in the planning stages for a project to purchase an “Ark” filled with animals through the Heifer Project. Being not so sure, at that time of where exactly the money goes, I was quickly assured by my minister that no worries were needed here.  The program has been around for many years – run by Heifer International. All kinds of animals are sent according to the needs of the area. The receiver then must give another needy person part of his gift (e.g. perhaps some chickens or a sheep) as he starts to raise his own flock.  Many are aided thru this beautiful program.

Now, any amount can be raised to buy something, but WE set our sights on an Ark.

An Ark can contain (depending on the area) 2 cows, 2 sheep, 2 camels, 2 oxen, 2 pigs, 2 beehives, 2 flocks of geese, 2 flocks of chickens, rabbits, tree seedlings, fish, guinea pigs, llamas and more, even water buffalo!!

In our previous effort (2012) we were gifted in 2 ways – not only did we raise $7363.04 but by “believing in angels” one angel (another great heart) spoke to me in church and added $1120.00 for a total of $8483.04!  I’m showing you what believing does!

And to think this year we raised enough for 2 Arks!

Several times we helped The Council of Churches also I’m thankful to be a part of this project.  

Mary Jane


Our next project begins in May, we can be so proud of this congregation.  Thanks for your support.




The “Sharing God’s Grace” committee would like to announce the exciting news regarding your participation in the Heifer International fundraising challenge of 2018.  As mentioned previously, your $10,000 bought 2 Gift Arks for donation. The news is that your generous gift has earned the congregation of Grace UCC a beautiful framed plaque for the symbolic “Arks” your gift provided.  Please join us for worship on May 19th to witness the presentation of this plaque.



Sewing Group – May 14th

The sewing Group will once again be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, to assemble bed pads. More hands are always welcome!



… And a good time was had by all!

On April 1st, about 20 of us gathered in the fellowship hall to make hanging planters.  We put faces and feathers on the planters and filled them with dirt and flowers – we put smiles on our faces and filled the hall with laughter!  



Sunday, July 7


Thursday, July 11

6:15 – 8:30 PM

Theme: ROAR


Life is Wild * God is Good

At Roar, children discover that God is good even when life get wild! They participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, and collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos.


Roar into the fun at VBS!

Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s VBS, please contact Linda Bixler 717-632-5606.



The Seniors Luncheon will meet at noon in the Fellowship Hall on June 19, and September 18.






If you are interested in providing refreshments for the modern service, please contact Pam Kreitz 717-476-9511.


Do You Shop at Giant or Weis?

Giant and Weis grocery cards are available to buy at the church office.  There are $25, $50, and $100 denominations available. The church receives a 5% rebate on the face value of each card used.  The rebate supports our Deacon's Fund when you use these cards.



Chancel Choir


Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:00 PM.  Please come and join us!  



    John “Dick” Herman




Two babies were born into the family of “Grace” in April


Harper Leigh DeRose (10# 12oz)

to Amanda and Nate

on April 12th


Jackson Hayes Rasnake

to Brittany

on April 3rd


Resource Committee


What a busy month April has been.  We finished up the candy and do have some beautifully wrapped boxes for sale.

72 ladies attended our Tea / Card party and had great fellowship!  I want to thank our wonderful bakers at Grace for their offerings of delicious and beautiful pastries; made us look so professional!  

I wish all of you could have seen the most unique décor and table arrangements created for us by our own “in house” designer, Marsha Theisson.  Even our powder room was decorated in a lovely “boutique garden” motif and our guests were “blown away”.

Thank you, Marsha!!!  


Profit on the party was $810.79 !!!


We headed off on a fun trip on April 16th, and our next trip is scheduled for June 4th to Winterthur, the Dupont Mansion and gardens, plus more!  There are 21 people on board already so if you’re thinking of coming along – Call Now!


Gather up all the items you’ve been tripping over and donate them for the May 4th Yard Sale.  The shed key is in the office and GUYS – if you can help set up please call – I like to know how many helpers we can count on!


That’s all folks ……………

Mary Jane

Do You Know What

Change Has Brought?


We are now …

… saving $250.00 each quarter on our weekly bulletins by making our own and eliminating pages!

… saving $30.00 a week by using silk floral arrangements when no one sponsors the Alter Flowers!

… saving almost $325.00 on cleaning supply orders by using Sam’s Club!

… saving $150.00 a week by having a part-time secretary (and, so much is getting done!)



  • The Church Directory has been updated and made into a convenient book size.

  • Ash Wednesday we had 8 children and over 55 adults participate in the service.

  • Monday evening, April 1, we had 20 people gather to make fun planters and join in fellowship.

  • We had to bring extra chairs in the Adult Sunday School room for Lent.

  • We have consistently averaged 30 people participating in the Wednesday evening services.

  • Palm Sunday attendance may have broken a record for the day @ 157 !!

  • The office has twice as much useable space since it has been cleaned and updated.

  • The file cabinets have been cleaned out and updated.  (the safe is next!)


Sharing and Caring

Honor the Past /Step into the Future


What great participation with this project!  Thanks to everyone who shared so many lovely memories of the church’s past and awesome ideas for the future of Grace UCC.

These will be typed and displayed on the bulletin board and will be in the June newsletter!



Hanover Area Council of Churches has teamed up with Give Local York. It is an exceptional way to support your desired nonprofit charity. We at The Council hope that we can be the nonprofit charity that you will support and donate to. Give Local York is a 24-hour online event. It is only on May 3rd from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm.Give Local York May 3, 2019

Please visit our Facebook page or our website at or go to Give Local York home page and enter  Hanover Area Council of Churches in the search bar to link to our page.  We will also have a booth at the Markets of Hanover for the 2019 local event between 11am- 6 pm on May 3, 2019.




Volunteers Needed

We are scheduled for PAL lunch the third Saturday each month. Help is always needed and accepted.  If you would like to volunteer to help at PAL lunch on the 3rd Saturday of the month, please contact:  Craig Bixler 632-5606


 Dear Friend of Hanover Area Council of Churches:

We are excited to team up with Hoss's Steak and Sea House to raise money for a very worthy cause. Please consider visiting the Hoss's location(s) listed below on 5/19/2019 to aid us in raising money to benefit Hanover Area Council of Churches. Present this article at Hoss’s in Hanover on 5/19/2019 and Hoss’s will donate 20%* or 25%** of your total check paid to Hanover Area Council of Churches *To qualify for the 20% payout, our group must have a minimum of $300.00 in total pre-tax food and beverage sales. **To qualify for the 25% payout, our group must have a minimum of $1,200.00 in total pre-tax food and beverage sales. This applies to a one-day, single location, pre-scheduled event. The purchase of gift cards is not included as part of your organization’s community fundraising totals. DISTRIBUTING INVITATIONS ON HOSS’S PROPERTY IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL DISQUALIFY OUR ORGANIZATION! Thank you for your cooperation! Group #117455 Please present this article when ordering. Contact the Council for the entire Community Night agreement.


AND … if you haven’t already perused your copy of the new directory, please do so.  I am interested in your “edits” and will gladly take any corrections or additions that you may have.  You may call me in the office or email the church.

Thanks!  Elaine



HACC / May Needs


Cooking Spray

Whole or sliced

canned  Potatoes



Trash Bags tall can

Masking tape



Hand Soap

Laundry pods HE

Flip Flops all Sizes



Single Serve Entrees and  Vegetables




Family of Grace, please add these ministries and committees to your weekly prayer appeals:

Week of May 6th:  HACC Staff

Week of May 13th:  Meals-on-Wheels Ministry

Week of May 20th:  Membership Committee

Week of May 27th: HACC Ministerium





Please contact Ashley Rummel if you are interested in helping in the nursery.


Serving In May


If you are unable to serve a position that you are scheduled for, please find a substitute or contact Elaine in the Church office.  



Head Usher:

Vickie Arnold, David Fawks

May 5th, 12th

Barry Bankert, Matt Boyer, Richard Boyer, Donna Bankert, Becky Boyer, Linda Sager

May 19th, 26th

Craig Bixler, Linda Bixler, Stephanie McIlwee, Eugene Bixler, Paul McIlwee, Ken Wenger



May 5th

Len Bankert

May 12th

Faye Myers

May 19th

Jen Weaver

May 26th

Tom Craig



May 5th

Bonnie Miller

May 12th

Deborah Wierman

May 19th

Cindy Garrett

May 26th

Craig & Linda Bixler


Acolyte for 10:45 service

May 5th

Colby Bealing

May 12th

Maxwell Wisensale

May 19th

Gracie Plunkert

May 26th

Lexi Knopp


Christ calls us to reach out with Love and share God's Grace.